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Trans woman charged with hacking 100 million Capital One customers

Paige Thompson

Capital One Financial Corporation announced today that on July 19, 2019, it determined there was unauthorized access by an outside individual who obtained certain types of personal information relating to people who had applied for its credit card products and to Capital One credit card customers.

According to the US Justice Department 33-year-old Paige Thompson, aka Erratic, made her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle today and was ordered detained pending a hearing on August 1, 2019.

According to Fox Business News Paige Thompson identified on Twitter as a transgender woman and the Wall Street Journal reports she is a former Amazon Web Services engineer.

Thompson was caught after she allegedly talked about the hack online.

According to the criminal complaint, THOMPSON posted on the information sharing site GitHub about her theft of information from the servers storing Capital One data. The intrusion occurred through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data. On July 17, 2019, a GitHub user who saw the post alerted Capital One to the possibility it had suffered a data theft. After determining on July 19, 2019, that there had been an intrusion into its data, Capital One contacted the FBI. Cyber investigators were able to identify THOMPSON as the person who was posting about the data theft. This morning agents executed a search warrant at THOMPSON’s residence and seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the data.

“Capital One quickly alerted law enforcement to the data theft — allowing the FBI to trace the intrusion,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “I commend our law enforcement partners who are doing all they can to determine the status of the data and secure it.”

Computer fraud and abuse is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

One of the only posts left on Paige Thompson’s Facebook page gives some credence to earlier assertions she made about being unstable. She will probably lose her kitty cat, very possibly her best and dearest companion.

Capital One hack complaint by GeekWire on Scribd

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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